When it comes to our own areas of expertise, we all have pet peeves. Think about it: Chefs are known to be picky about how to cook an egg, writers are sticklers for good grammar, and professional organizers can't stand clutter. It's only natural, then, that interior designers—who spend their days analyzing interiors everywhere, from high-end magazine ads to their own clients' pre-decorated homes—all have their own set of design "mistakes" that make them cringe without fail.
Of course, we had to find out what they are, so we asked four interior designers to share the worst decorating offenders that make their skin crawl every single time. Some answers were to be expected—no one likes curtains that fall short—but others genuinely surprised us. Can you guess the one thing that interior designers can't stand about your countertops?
Find out straight from the mouths of some of the most talented folks in the industry—thankfully, they've also pointed out how to fix the worst apartment decorating mistakes.